'Narratives of the Therapeutic Encounter'

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Conference Organisation, 'Narratives of the Therapeutic Encounter'

The aim of the conference: to explore the ways in which talking therapies have been depicted in 20th century and contemporary creative outputs in French, and other languages (in life-writings, fiction, film, TV series, art installations). What can these narratives tell us about the therapeutic endeavour which finds its roots in Freud in the late-19th century, and has seen a flourishing of interventions and treatment modes over the last century, and which continues to provoke interest and debate into the 21st century? What do different depictions tell us about the particular culture and history in which they are written, and the controversies and debates they have engendered ? Might such artistic endeavours enable us to trace the history of mental health treatment, via depictions of psychological, psychoanalytical and psychiatric practices ? Sessions included: the current picture of counselling and psychotherapy in the U.K.; literature as ‘bibliotherapy’; writing about loss, life-changes, dementia, trauma, ill-health; the ‘writing cure’?; histories of psychiatry and psychotherapy; native and second languages in therapeutic contexts; creativity and well-being; art and reparation; depictions of mental illness in film and literature, and their impact; the cultural enrichment offered by explorations of the human experience – what we share through cultural expression and dialogue. 80 delegates over 2 days. A multidisciplinary and international gathering (delegates from Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Hawaii, United States) as well as local academics, and clinical practitioners. Humanities scholars, health science scholars, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, counsellors, artists, and authors, amongst others. Open to members of the general public. Website for further information: https://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/centre-de-recherches-francophones/events/narratives-of-the-therapeutic-encounter
Period7 Dec 20178 Dec 2017
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom